Monday, April 28, 2014

X is for . . . WHAT'S EATING XAVIER?

Welcome to The Blogging from A-Z Challenge April 2014! This year, I’m offering up a story – each one 100 words or fewer - for each letter of the alphabet.

Some are heartfelt, poignant, sweet. Others are…not. 

I hope you enjoy them.


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WHAT'S EATING XAVIER?

Xavier works the old Dudley house alone. The landscape crew sniggers, says its haunted. They give him the hardest jobs, the crappiest equipment. They’re just jealous - of his youth, his good looks.

He’s daydreaming of being rich, famous when the mower rams into the house’s foundation. The machine judders, its gears gnashing. The motor burns hot then dies a cold death.  

Xavier curses. He finds the hole - a small, dry mouth edged with soft, crumbling teeth. He can hide it, no problem. He smiles. 

Until something inside the hole unfurls its tongue and licks him.

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33 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Whoa! Didn't see that coming.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Alex - good! :)

debi o'neille said...

You never cease to amaze me. Great twist. I can't believe how you pull these off in a hundred words and sometimes fewer. Truly amazing.
Deb@ http://debioneille.blogspot.com

debi o'neille said...

Before I leave, I wanted to let you know that I am going to mention this little story if my husband ever asked me to help mold the lawn. I'll let him know I am not going to mow near the house, only out in the open area.
Deb@ http://debioneille.blogspot.com

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Debi - thank you! Hopefully, this story will get you out of that chore. :)

Jay Noel said...

Lol. Xavier is delicious!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Madeline, the endings always take me by surprise. I am always amazed by the endings :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Jay - ha ha! :)

Rachna - thank you!

Chrys Fey said...

Eek! That ending was a surprise and all I can think of is "RUN!" haha

Lynda Dietz said...

You're gifted at the surprise ending thing, aren't you? I even jumped a little for this one.

Julie Flanders said...

I knew from the title this was going to be another creep-tastic one!

Anonymous said...

Great piece, wasn't expecting the last part :)

Stopping by to say 'hi' from the A-Z Challenge!
Finley Jayne
http://finleyjaynesbookshelves.blogspot.com/

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Chrys - "run" is right!

Lynda - if the end made you jump, then I did my job. :)

Julie - I admit, I like this title a lot. :)

Finley - thank you!

Sophie Duncan said...

Oh, oh - this made me want to take a step back.
Sophie
Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles - A to Z Ghosts
Fantasy Boys XXX - A to Z Drabblerotic

Susan Kane said...

Xavier, poor guy. What will happen next with the tongue and teeth

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Sophie - don't just step back, run! :)

Susan - nothing good….

Crystal Collier said...

Eek! I swear you are the master. That was freaking epic! I expected something "haunting" like a ghost, but nope. You took it to a whole new level.

True Heroes from A to Z

MS said...

What a fantastic ending.... OMG -- the unfurling tongue ~
Mary @ The View from my World

Liza said...

I am screaming and waving my hands as I tear across the lawn.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Crystal - I try. :)

MS - thank you!

Liza - ha! :)

Anonymous said...

I guess you meant the title literally!

~Patricia Lynne~
Story Dam
Patricia Lynne, YA Author

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Run, Xavier, run!

Linda :) said...

Oh I like your short stories... and your tortoises are too cute... Thank You for stopping by my blog... visiting via the A to Z challenge... :)

Patricia Stoltey said...

I thought, "Run, Xavier, run!!!"

Phoenix said...

The unfurling tongue got me at the end (well, I guess it got Xavier!) Good one! :)

Tasha Duncan-Drake said...

Ewwwww ... I really don't want to know what's in the hole. The way you described the unfurling tongue it can't be good.
Tasha
Tasha's Thinkings - AtoZ (Vampires)
FB3X - AtoZ (Erotic Drabbles)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Patricia L - :)

Susan and Patricia S - I hope it's not too late….

Linda - thank you!

Phoenix - ha! :)

Tasha - I don't want to know what's in that hole either.

Suzi said...

Bye bye, Xavier. It was nice knowing you. (For all of those 20 seconds) :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Suzi - ha ha! :)

noelle44 said...

What can I say? Yikes!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Noelle - I'd say yikes, too. :)

k said...

I see we both went with Xavier for "X" :-) Good story!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Karen - thank you!